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The Paradox of Giving

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

Have you ever noticed that the most generous people are often the most content people?  How is it that when given the opportunity, to give or to keep their resources for themselves, those who give are the most blessed?  The same questions hold true for the exact opposite.  How is that the people who are not generous are often the ones in constant want?  How is it that they never seem to have enough to get by?

For the believer, the answer is simple.  Jesus said that our entire lives, everything that we are, should be in whole-hearted devotion to God.  He said that our primary focus is to love God with everything that is in us.  Jesus continued and said that we are also to love our neighbor as ourselves. By satisfying these two commandments, all of God’s Law is fulfilled (Matt. 22:37-40).

So what does this have to do with giving or not giving?  When we love God whole-heartedly, we put him above everything else…including material gain.   We willingly use our resources in areas that matter to God.  We invest in things that have eternal value.

The amazing thing is that when we obey God and give freely, we are blessed in return.  Whereas, when we are greedy and do not give freely, we are constantly in want (Prov. 11:24). The apostle Paul puts it this way: “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully” (2 Cor. 9:6).  You see, in God’s economy, you can never out-give him (Prov. 3:9-10).

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

 

Help Me O Lord My God

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community ChurchBy Pastor Robert Jewett

Have you ever been to the point where you just felt like giving up? Did it seem like no matter what you did, you were mistreated anyway? Perhaps you threw your arms up and said, “I can’t do this anymore!” Take heart, the Lord is faithful to help His children.

King David was completely overwhelmed by his enemies. No matter what he did, they intended to do him harm (Ps. 109:4-5, 26). He would demonstrate love, but they would hurl insults at him. He would do good unto them, but they would do evil unto him. David knew that when his heart was overwhelmed, he needed to go to the Rock (Ps. 61:1-2). At his breaking point, David cried out, “Help me, O Lord my God! Save me according to your steadfast love!” Apart from the Lord’s intervention, David was headed down a treacherous road to disaster. God’s amazing steadfast love is such that he never leaves us nor forsakes us (Heb. 13:5). At that point of despair, he is right there waiting for us to call upon him: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).

Next time you are contemplating throwing in the towel, cry out to Jesus wholeheartedly like David, “Help me, O LORD my God! Save me according to your steadfast love!” As you do, God in his faithfulness, will respond to you and help you walk through the storm.

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

Blind Religion Warning

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community ChurchBy Pastor Robert Jewett

 

Adam and Eve’s two eldest boys had dramatically different responses to God (Gen. 4:3-8).  Cain, a farmer, brought the Lord an offering “of the fruit” of the ground.  There was no need to trust God with sharing from his abundance.  On the other hand, Abel, a shepherd, brought the firstborn of his flock.  Abel trusted God to provide for him and offered up his firstborn.

The danger of blind religion is that it is faithless.  We know that it is impossible to please God without faith (Heb. 11:6).  Faithless religion is ritualistic and impersonal.  It is powerless to free a person from the bondage of sin.  Scripture informs us that Cain’s life was full of evil deeds (1 Jn. 3:12).   His blind religion deceived him to believe that his sin was okay as long as he made offerings to the Lord.  The Lord desires obedience more than sacrifices (1 Sam. 15:22).

Even in his sinful state, God gave Cain an opportunity to repent, “If you do well, will you not be accepted?”  God warned that if Cain chose not to do well, sin was crouching at the door desiring him.  Sadly, Cain chose to disregard God’s warning and killed his brother.

Just as Cain came to the crossroads of a decision, you too may have a decision to make.  Has faithless blind religion crept into your life?  If you have found yourself trying to do good deeds to make up for your habitual bad deeds, it is time to repent.  Confess your sins to God and turn from them. We would be honored to assist you as you begin to walk in obedience to Christ.

 

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

Frenemy or Follower?

Pastor Robert Jewett Word of Truth Community ChurchBy Pastor Robert Jewett

Is it possible for someone to claim to believe in Jesus yet still be an enemy of his?  Jesus said that on the day of judgment, many will call him Lord but he will declare to them that he never knew them (Matt. 7:21-23).  How could this be?  Why would someone profess to know God, yet be told otherwise by Jesus?  Simply put, “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works” (Titus 1:16).

Many want to be a friend of Jesus because he offers eternal hope but they do not want to do what he commanded.  Thus, although they profess to know him, they justify living in opposition to his commands and “walk as enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil. 3:18).  By definition they are a frenemy of Jesus.  Friend, if this describes you, please take heed to God’s word…frenemies of Christ will not inherit eternal life (1 Cor. 6:9-10).

If God has revealed to you that you are a frenemy, your first course of action is to repent.  Stop rationalizing your sinful behavior and instead confess it in prayer to Jesus.  Be sure to let him know that you are willing to turn away from your sin and to live life according to his commands.  At the moment you truly repent and believe, you will go from frenemy of Jesus to follower of Jesus.  You will begin to live according to his ways and not your old ways.  Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27).

If you are now a follower of Jesus, read the Bible daily and do what it says.  Also, make it a priority to start attending a Bible teaching church. You are always welcome to join us!

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

Doing Right In A Wrong World

 

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

Is it possible for a person to do what is right even if the example they grew up witnessing was always wrong? Let’s examine the life of Josiah to investigate this question. Josiah came from two generations of very wicked men. His grandfather, Manasseh, did more evil in the sight of the Lord than the pagan nations that God destroyed (2 Kings 21:9-10).

Manasseh even burned one of his sons as an offering to a pagan god (2 Kings 21:6). Josiah’s father, Amon, followed in his father Manasseh’s footsteps. He abandoned the Lord and served the same idols that his father served (2 Kings 21:20-21). Josiah, however, even with the evil examples and influences of grandpa and dad, did was right in the eyes of the Lord.

If the wisdom of this world was correct, Josiah could not have escaped his horrible upbringing. He would have been a product of his environment and destined to do evil in the sight of the Lord. This view leaves no opportunities for hope. God, however, offers every person hope. Hope for freedom from sin (Rom 6:17-18); hope for a new start and new identity (2 Cor 5:17); hope of eternal life (John 3:16); and hope to endure through all of life’s difficulties (1 Cor 10:13, Rom 8:28-29). All one must do is repent and trust in Christ.

Instead of excusing sin based upon your circumstances, know that there is forgiveness and freedom from sin offered through Jesus. Rejoice in the fact that your fate is not in the hands of your circumstances, but in the hands of God.

 

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

 

Choose Love

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

Take a moment and consider the topic of love.  What thoughts or memories stir in your mind? Many of our “experiences” with love have to do with emotions.  We even use the saying, “in love,” when we describe an emotion we feel towards an individual.  When this emotion fades, one might say that they “fell out of love.”   So what is love? Is it something that exists one day and then fades another day?  Is it dependent on emotions?

The Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8).  Since God is love, we can learn the truth about love by looking at His example.  Rather than love being based on emotion, God demonstrates love based upon a choice: “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Rom. 5:8).  There is no emotional high in demonstrating sacrificial love to undeserving people.  As a matter of fact, it is absolutely sacrificial to demonstrate true love.

True love always has a cost.  True love demands that we lay down our pride… our rights.  True love requires forgiving others just as Christ has forgiven us (Col. 3:13).  True love necessitates esteeming others higher than ourselves (Phil. 2:3-4).  True love is not an emotional reaction… it is a choice.  It is a choice to obey God and fulfill His law of love: “Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law” (Rom. 13:8-10).

Choose love!

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.

A New Identity

Pastor Robert Jewett

Pastor Robert Jewett

By Pastor Robert Jewett

While some of us have tried our best to maintain our reputations, others have just flat out blown theirs.  Regardless if our reputation is solidly intact or if it has become like a stained garment that everyone has noticed, the gospel changes everything.  You see, no matter how hard you try to “be good”, your sin still separates you from God.  No matter how “bad” you have been, your sin is not beyond the forgiveness of God.

God’s revealed Word to us clearly informs us that there are none who are righteous because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:10-12, 23).  God does not measure what we perceive as our “bad” and our “good” and determine whether or not we merit forgiveness and eternity with him.  No matter how much “good” we think we have done, we have all broken God’s law and therefore deserve God’s righteous judgment.

Friend, the only one who is good is God.   He alone is merciful and loving and draws man unto himself to receive his grace and forgiveness of sins.  He calls us to repent from our sins and to place our hope and trust in Jesus Christ.  When we do this, we get a new identity.  No longer do we represent ourselves…we now represent Jesus. God’s word says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17).

If you have repented of your sins and placed your trust in Jesus, live out your faith for the glory of God.  If you have yet to repent and trust in Jesus, I encourage you do so now and start your new identity in Christ today.

Lakeshore City Church meets Sundays at 10:00 a.m. at Circle City Center (formerly Fender Museum), 365 N. Main St. in Corona. For more information, visit lakeshorecitychurch.com.